In aggregate,1 my political/social views lean to the left. However, I find the listener-supported “progressive” Pacifica radio network to be, for the most part, unlistenable.
KPFA, the Pacifica station in the San Francisco Bay Area, does air one excellent program each Sunday—i.e., Mary Tilson’s America’s Back Forty (classic, outlaw, and old-time country music).
The remainder, however, is a cringeworthy mélange of: (1) hysterical propaganda (essentially serving as the Fox News of the left); (2) pumped-up righteous indignation (any excuse will do); (3) pseudo science; and (4) tiresome haranguing with a focus on minutia of the dullest order.
In addition, even after 65+ years in operation, KPFA’s production is amateurish. Most of the news readers sound like high school students reciting copy for the first time, and even the seasoned anchors possess unpleasant-sounding voices and many cannot enunciate.
Top that off with a 24/7 dark and humorless presentation, and you have a recipe for wrist slashing or bridge jumping. Seriously, if I worked at a Pacifica station, or even if I listened on a regular basis, I quite possibly might have offed myself by now.
I have to admit that, every once in awhile, I do tune in to KPFA. For a laugh. But mostly I don’t bother.
1 I take each issue on its own merit and some of my viewpoints, shockingly, are quite conservative.